writing tools

From pen to keyboard and beyond


In the second half of the XIII century, Guido Cavalcanti made the tools he used to write speak to us:

Noi siàn le triste penne isbigotite,
le cesoiuzze e ’l coltellin dolente,
ch’avemo scritte dolorosamente
quelle parole che vo’ avete udite.

What do we use to write every day? Have we fully replaced pencils and pens with keyboards? How did we get here? How have these tools evolved?

The British Library exhibits a collection of writing tools, from 5,000 years ago to today, meanwhile helping us think about what’s next. Check it out!



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